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Author: Hari Kunzru

Year Published: 2005

Description: Transmission by Hari Kunzru satirically chronicles modern American culture through the story of an Indian computer programmer, Arjun Mehta, whose expectations of life in the U.S. turn out to be at stark odds with the realities he faces upon emigrating to work in Silicon Valley and later Washington State. In a desperate attempt to avoid being laid off, Arjun secretly develops and spreads a computer virus, planning to prove his worth by being the one person who can solve it. His plot goes awry, however, with unintended consequences that reverberate around the globe.

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'These days Gaby was hearing that voice again, the one that told her to get out, to smash up all the emotional chairs and tables so there would be no going back, so she could tear down this version of herself and start again. '


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